SALT LAKE CITY — February's a short month, and there's a lot of great shows coming to the Beehive State, so that means music lovers will have to do some serious cramming for the next 28 days to fit in everything they want to see.
Here's a list of 22 shows coming to Utah in February. Please note: This list is not all-inclusive.
Feb. 1 — Brad Paisley
Country superstar Brad Paisley headlined Stadium of Fire in 2011, but his upcoming show at Vivint Arena probably won't include a fireworks display and a group of flying paragliders. But it's a safe bet that the guitarist/singer's show will include a slew of hits, including "Whiskey Lullaby," "She's Everything" and "When I Get Where I'm Going." Paisley's 2018 tour kicked off Jan. 25 in Los Angeles and will make a stop in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Feb. 1-4 — The Drifters
The beginning of February is bound to be filled with "magic moments" as the long-lasting doo-wop group The Drifters are coming to the Beehive State. Since the group's start in 1953, more than 60 vocalists have been a part of the ensemble, but no matter who's doing the singing, it should be easy to dance and sing along to "Stand By Me," "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof." The Drifters perform at Park City's Egyptian Theatre on Feb. 1-4.
Feb. 3 — TobyMac
As a young man in the late 1980s, Toby McKeehan — better known by the stage name TobyMac — planned on being a political science major, but instead, he became that unlikely combination: a Christian hip-hop artist. It's a choice that has paid off, and today, TobyMac is an established artist with seven Grammys and 10 million albums sold. He brings his “Hits Deep” tour to Vivint Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Feb. 6 — Jessica Lea Mayfield
Indie/folk-rock singer Jessica Mayfield grew up playing in her family’s bluegrass band, and as a teenager, she was discovered by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who helped the artist record her debut album released in 2008. Mayfield, now 28, released her fourth album “Sorry is Gone” last year, and it’s a record that chronicles her experiences as a victim of domestic violence.
“I feel like it’s almost my duty and my responsibility to advocate for this subject,” Mayfield said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “Because if I really want things to change and I want women to be treated more fairly, then hiding my own experiences isn’t going to help anyone.”
Mayfield performs at the State Room on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Feb. 6 — The Killers
For The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, performing at Vivint Arena will now be a hometown gig after Flowers moved to Park City last year. The Killers' latest album “Wonderful, Wonderful” was released last year and reflects Flowers’ more complex life as a husband and father, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Provo-based musician Robbie Connolly, of the band Fictionist, joins The Killers’ tour on guitar and keyboards, and the band takes the Vivint Arena stage Feb. 6.
Feb. 7-11 — Howard Jones
British synth pioneer Howard Jones is traveling across the pond to come to Park City's Egyptian Theatre for five performances that celebrate the 1980s singer's career spanning more than 30 years through stories, song and piano. All of these performances are sold out, except for Pharoah Club members, according to the theater's website.
Feb. 8 — The Travelin' McCourys
As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo are continuing their father’s work through The Travelin' McCourys. The bluegrass jam band takes the State Room stage Feb. 8.
Feb. 12 — Lights
Canadian synth-pop artist Lights emerged on the scene in the mid-2000s and started to gain recognition for her single, "February Air," thanks to its placement in a 2008 Old Navy commercial. The 30-year-old singer released her fourth album, "Skin and Earth," last year and will perform at The Complex in Salt Lake City on Feb. 12.
Feb. 14 — Steven Page
The name Steven Page is probably most familiar to fans of the '90s rock band Barenaked Ladies ("Pinch Me," "One Week"). Page was a founding member, lead singer and guitarist for the band until 2009, when he went on to pursue a solo career. Page now gives more theatrical performances, accompanied by the Art of Time ensemble, a collective of Canadian-based classical, jazz and pop musicians. Page and then ensemble will perform at Kingsbury Hall on Feb. 14.
Feb. 14 — Jacob Sartorius
Although he's only 15 years old, Jacob Sartorius already has a strong Facebook following of more than 1 million people. But that fan base seems to be strongly divided between genuine adoration and confusion over how this music could even reach such popular heights. Sartorius rose to fame through social media and in 2016, released his debut single "Sweatshirt," which has more than 48 million views. Satorious performs at The Depot on Feb. 14.
Feb. 15 — Jake Shimabukuro
He’s the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. With a personality as vibrant as his instrument, Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukuro delivers captivating performances on his ukulele — from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — as well as his compositions. Shimabukuro rose to international fame in 2006 when a video of him performing a virtuosic rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first videos to go viral on the site, according to pbs.org. Shimabukuro takes BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall stage Feb. 15.
Feb. 15-18 — Chubby Checker
It's time to do the twist! Rock 'n' roll legend Chubby Checker, best known for his cover of the R&B hit "The Twist," is coming to town. Checker, 76, will perform four nights at Park City's Egyptian Theatre in celebration of a dance-infused career spanning nearly six decades.
Feb. 16 — The Wind and the Wave
The Wind and the Wave is an up-and-coming indie-rock duo that got its start in 2013. The duo, consisting of Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn, released its second album in 2016, "Happiness is Not a Place." The Wind and the Wave will perform at Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City on Feb. 16.
Feb. 16 — Cake
Cake is bringing its blend of sarcastic lyrics, monotone vocals and trumpet lines to the Eccles Theater stage Feb. 16. One of the songs for which the Sacramento-based alternative rock band is best known is “The Distance,” a hit from the 1996 album “Fashion Nuggets” that granted the album platinum status, according to allmusic.com.
Feb. 16-17 — The Strike
Provo band The Strike has built up a large following since its start in 2012. The six-piece group, which combines lead singer Chris Crabb's smooth vocals with some powerful brass, creates music that's part Stevie Wonder, part Michael Jackson and a whole lot of '80s-style funk. The band was recently offered a three-month gig in Dubai and will be performing farewell shows Feb. 16-17 at Provo's Velour.
Feb. 17 — Utah Symphony performs "High Noon"
This month, the Utah Symphony is going Western when the orchestra will bring to life Will Kane's (Gary Cooper) struggles to defend his town against a gang of revenge-seeking outlaws. On Feb. 17, "High Noon" will play on the big screen at Abravanel Hall while the symphony performs the musical score.
Feb. 18 — Andy Frasco and the U.N.
Andy Frasco and the U.N., a blues/rock band out of Los Angeles, made its debut in 2007. The group combines elements of funk and jazz to put on highly interactive and improvisational shows. The band released its first live album, "Songs From the Road," last year and visits Park City's O.P. Rockwell on Feb. 18.
Feb. 19 — Walk the Moon
The pop/dance-rock group Walk The Moon had its major breakthrough in 2014 with the hit "Shut Up and Dance." The catchy song is from the band's second major label studio album, "Talking is Hard," and reached No. 4 on the Billboard's Hot 100. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca was in Utah last year, performing as part of the LoveLoud Festival. Walk The Moon will bring its energetic performance to Salt Lake City's The Complex on Feb. 19.
Feb. 23 — Margo Price
A country singer-songwriter out of Nashville, Tennessee, Margo Price has a strong voice reminiscent of classic country singers such as Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. Price brings that country twang to the Beehive State Feb. 23 when she performs at the State Room.
Feb. 24 — Jenn Blosil and Mindy Gledhill
Jenn Blosil and Mindy Gledhill have been prominent performers in the Beehive State over the years, but the two singers have successful careers with a much wider reach. Blosil emerged onto the “American Idol” scene in 2016 with a soulful rendition of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” The singer, who is from Orem, captivated the show’s judges and viewers with her quirky personality and raspy voice, making it to the top 14 during the show’s 15th season. Most recently for Gledhill, an indie singer-songwriter, the title track from her third album, "Anchor," was featured on "Dancing With the Stars" last year, accompanying a moving performance from Lindsey Stirling and dance partner Mark Ballas. Blosil and Gledhill will perform at Provo's Velour on Feb. 24.
Feb. 25 — Mat Kearney
Singer Mat Kearney emerged on the pop/folk scene in the mid-2000s, and since his debut record in 2007, his music has been featured on several TV shows including "Grey's Anatomy," "One Tree Hill" and "Vampire Diaries." Kearney performs at The Complex on Feb. 25.
Feb. 27 — Black Violin
Black Violin is all about breaking stereotypes. As one-half of the Florida-based hip-hop duo, Kevin Sylvester, a 260-pound black violinist who stands tall at 6 feet 2 inches, told NPR of an eye-opening exchange he once had in an elevator.
Noticing Sylvester's violin case, a woman asked him, "What do you play?"Comment on this story
"I'm like, 'I'm a violinist,'" he told NPR. "And she was like, 'Well, obviously you don't play classical, so what kind of style do you play?'"
Sylvester, who has a degree in classical music, went on to tell the woman that he plays all kinds of styles.
"She didn't mean it maliciously, but I hope she gets to see us in concert and we can change her perception," he said.
Forming the duo other's half is classically trained violist Wilner Baptiste. The two met in high school and released their debut album in 2008. Black Violin performs at Kingsbury Hall on Feb. 27.